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Woman faces DUI charges after Tennessee crash

When police respond to a car accident, they may investigate the scene and possibly charge one or more parties with a crime. After a recent car accident in Tennessee, police found cause to charge one of the car accident participants. The woman was charged with a myriad of charges, including DUI charges.

The 35-year-old woman was driving when she reportedly crossed the center line of the road. She hit a Ford Explorer that was in the opposite lane. This caused the other vehicle to hit a guardrail and then to flip over and land on its roof. Both of the occupants in the Explorer needed medical attention after the car accident.

Driver facing drunk driving charges again in Tennessee

Whenever police pull over someone for suspected drunk driving, there is typically a procedure for testing for alcohol and for deciding whether an arrest and charges are in order. There may be breath tests given, field sobriety tests and blood alcohol tests too. If a driver is found to already have drunk driving charges on his or her record, there may be harsh penalties possible with a subsequent DUI related conviction. A Tennessee man has found himself under arrest and facing drunk driving charges for an alleged fourth time.

The man was driving on a Tennessee roadway when police contend he was speeding. He was pulled over and the police deputy stated that there was an odor of alcohol on his breath. This apparently led the deputy to conduct field sobriety tests at the scene. According to the police officer on the scene, the 40-year-old man failed the tests he was given.

Woman facing DUI charges after Tennessee car accident

Whenever there is a collision between two vehicles on the road, the police and rescue crews may need to respond and render assistance. The police may also find it necessary to arrest and charge one or more parties involved in the accident if the evidence suggests a crime was committed. After a recent car accident in Tennessee, one of the drivers is now facing DUI charges.

The accident occurred on a Friday morning. A 57-year-old driver was awaiting a chance to turn onto another road. As she sat in her car, a Corvette came along and struck the awaiting vehicle. The Corvette was operated by a 49-year-old woman. According to witness reports, the Corvette didn’t slow down before hitting the other vehicle.

Town mayoral candidate and former lawman facing DUI charges

When police try to pull over an individual and that individual does not comply, that person may face charges related to fleeing or evading. If police do eventually get the driver to comply and believe there are additional crimes involved, they may pursue other charges as well. A recent incident in Tennessee involved a former county sheriff who, according to authorities, would not pull over and now faces DUI charges related to the incident.

The incident took place on a Saturday night as police reportedly tried to the pull over the former sheriff. Police say he took off, and the officer lost track of him. They say he was spotted speeding again, and a chase ensued. The chase reportedly reached speeds that were registered as over 115 mph.

Man in Tennessee faces drunk driving charges after trying to flee

Whenever someone is suspected of being investigated for any kind of criminal offense or behavior, getting arrested for another charge can compound the situation. For one man in Tennessee who was suspected of one incident, being arrested and facing drunk driving charges could compound his legal troubles. The man faces drunk driving charges related to a Saturday morning incident.

The incident began when the police saw a vehicle that they contend was swerving. They approached the vehicle in question, and the man inside reportedly attempted to flee on foot. Police say they were able to catch up with the man. According to them, the man was too intoxicated for field sobriety tests.

Those convicted of fatal DUI charges may still avoid jail in TN

There is constant debate about which laws should stay in place and which ones need to be altered or completely removed. Currently, there is significant debate regarding whether laws regarding DUI charges in Tennessee should be changed. Many are arguing that the punishments prescribed by current law do not match the severity of the crime.

As the law is written now, one may possibly be hit with more time behind bars for being pulled over for drunk driving than for causing a fatal crash while driving intoxicated. Tennessee law requires that first-time offenders spend a minimum of 48 hours in jail. However, when it comes to fatal accidents, judges are required to examine 24 different factors when deciding punishment for the convicted offender, and the end result may not include any jail time.

Man indicted for crash that injured 4 and killed 1

Drunk driving is serious business. When a crash occurs due to the driver's intoxication, it can become life-changing for those involved. A young Tennessee man is quickly finding out the consequences he may face after an alleged drunk driving crash that happened the year he reached legal drinking age.

In December 2013, the 21-year-old man was driving a Chevy pickup truck that also was occupied by a 38-year-old man and a 22-year-old man and his mother. As the truck was traversing the Lewallen bridge, it attempted to pass a slower car, but the driver lost control of the truck. The pickup spun, crossed the center line of the road and hit an oncoming Honda Civic. The Civic subsequently hit a Chevy SUV.

Prominent businessman loses life in alleged DUI hit and run

The penalties in Tennessee for being found guilty of driving while under the influence are very clear. When someone is convicted, the factors that go into determining the penalties include how many prior convictions someone has had, what their blood alcohol level was at the time, and whether there were any injuries or deaths that resulted. In attempting to secure a conviction, it is up to law enforcement to find clear-cut evidence of guilt just as it is up to criminal defense professionals to question or disprove the evidence. A 44-year-old Tennessee man is now dealing with these issues as police and legal counsel attempt to sort out multiple alleged drunk driving incidents believed to have been caused by the same person.

Nashville police officer charged with DUI refuses BAC test

A conviction on charges of driving while under the influence comes with serious consequences, which can include jail time, hefty fines and license suspension or revocation. For some people, even charges can affect their professional career, as one young Nashville police officer is now discovering.

During the early morning hours of a recent morning, a 26-year-old man traveling east on Broadway in Nashville was spotted by a trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The trooper noticed that the vehicle’s headlights were not on, and he pulled the car over. He noticed that the driver was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, so he administered field sobriety tests, which the young man failed. The driver refused a breath alcohol test. During the stop, law enforcement officers discovered a gun in the car’s console.

Probation and vehicular homicide

For a person who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, seeing the flashing lights of a police cruiser may seem like something out of a nightmare. Many drivers are well aware of Tennessee's strict laws pertaining to drunk driving, but not everyone realizes how complex the trial and sentencing process can be.

For example, there is an aspect of Tennessee law that provides judges with wide discretion in sentencing individuals convicted of vehicular homicide involving alcohol. In some cases, a person found guilty of vehicular homicide may face a lighter sentence than a person convicted of drunk driving multiple times.